Tag: Europe

Children will teach you about helplessness – and not only children

My paternal grandfather died a long, protracted death. Seven years of dying, to be exact. He struggled with diabetes, and diabetes took its time with him. One amputation, then losing his eyesight, then a second amputation. Me sitting next to his rocking chair, reading newspapers out loud to him, his mouth set in a thin line. He hated hospitals, and wanted to come home to die. He knew it would be more painful and difficult, but that was his final wish. His dying days probably taught me more about parenthood than any book, or any well-meaning article along the lines of “should children be allowed in bars.”

Yeah no.

Look: I find Islamophobia offensive and disgusting. But no, it does not justify violence and bombing buildings: Okay, so can we finally stop with the idiotic, divisive, and destructive efforts by “majority sections” of Western nations to bait Muslim members…

Protesting =/= Rioting =/= Looting

This is a guest post by Hannah, a writer and activist in sunny London town.
No one seems willing to separate out the different strands involved: various motivations were in play, from the righteous to the selfish; various tactics were used, from the peaceful to the murderous. And the events themselves can be clearly separated into at least three different categories which must be considered separately.

I’ll take any good news you got.

In the Sometimes Good News Comes in Tiny Increments But It’s Still Good News Department (aka: The Department of SGNCITIBISGN): 1) Judge blocks Kan. law stripping Planned Parenthood of fed. funding, says law unlikely to last An incredulous federal judge…

The Man Who Hated Women

Shocker: Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik is a racist and a misogynist, and his shooting rampage was inspired by his hatred of women, Muslims, and brown people. He uses a lot of the same tropes as Men’s Rights activists. He…

Accusing the Accuser

I have a piece up in the Daily about victim-blaming and the DSK case. A bit: Writing in the American Spectator, political commentator Ben Stein joined the chorus, saying that DSK is probably innocent because he’s an economist and economists…